Also honored was Lyolya Hovhannisyan, 17, with the first Gem Scholarship Award. Hovhannisyan is a senior at Glendale High School. Her Gem $1,000 scholarship will come in handy when she attends UCLA next year as a biology major.
Also for the first time, the commission gave a Special Chair’s Recognition to 99-year-old Genevieve Sultenfuss, soon to celebrate her 100th birthday. Among other honors, Sultenfuss was the first women’s president of the Glendale Board of Realtors in 1968. Daughter Julie Shermer was by her side as Sultenfuss was presented with an early birthday cake by commission Vice Chairwoman Linda Goodman Pillsbury.
More commissioners present were Grace Walker, Karine Garsevanyan and Vatche Tasjian. The commission’s mission is to advance social justice and equity of rights and opportunities for all women and girls in Glendale.
“Art Noir Sweet 16” showcased the pop art work of 17-year-old Kinley Winnaman during a benefit auction Saturday at the Willardson Gallery in Glendale. Beneficiary of the expected evening proceeds of $15,000 is the Dream Foundation that grants wishes to terminally ill adults.
Marilyn Shatz, the mother of deceased Allison Cole, described Cole’s wish to see Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Representatives from Disney studios delivered and operated a projection system and screen to show the movie in Cole’s home — all courtesy of the Dream Foundation, represented at the auction by foundation founder Thomas Rollerson.